Growing up I have to believe that most of us were exposed to many different things as
children. Be they rules and regulations or family traditions, each of us can look back
and recall those things and times that have shaped us as individuals.
One of the things that I can clearly recall are those times when I was around my
grandparents. Now if there is one thing that I believe is consistent with all
grandparents it is this; they are rich in life experiences. I can see in my mind those
days when I would just sit and listen to what they were sharing. I would, on more
than one occasion, find myself in awe of what they had lived through and
One thing in particular that I recall from listening to my grandparents were those
wise sayings. Now I have to admit; early on I really did not understand exactly what
some of their sayings meant. As an example I remember my grandmother saying that
“ you can’t cry over spilled milk .” Or the other saying from my grandfather that left
me scratching my head was “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” There was many
a night when I would lay in bed and say to myself what in the world are my
grandparents talking about.
But there was one wise saying that stood above all of them per my grandparents.
“The proof is in the pudding.” Upon hearing them say this I immediately starting
wondering what kind of pudding was called proof. Not to mention that whenever I
saw pudding or when I was being served pudding I started looking to see just what or
where this proof was. Being a child at that time I honestly thought proof was a flavor
of pudding. Hey I was a child, what did I know!
With time comes of course maturation, and with maturation understanding. Those
sayings that were a part of our childhood that made little sense have now come into
focus providing not just myself but all of us with clarity and revelation.
The proof is in the pudding. Above all of the sayings that my grandparents and as
well the other elders that I was around uttered, that one has continued to stay with
me. It has for me become a central theme in my life.
As Christians we are faced each day with one challenge after the other. More and
more each day I am inclined to believe that the challenges that we are facing are going
to be a test of our faith. And as is the case with these particular tests they will not
just be displayed in private but in public as well.
This world that we are living is in a constant state of decay. The values and
standards from yesteryear are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. It is becoming
not just the exception but the rule that the majority are being swayed by what they see
as well as what they hear.
These are the times that reflect the essence of 2 Timothy 2:3. People following their own desires and looking for those who will tell them what it is they want to hear. Each doing what is in accordance with what it is they want.
Where then do we stand as Christians? What then shall make us different from the
world? I find myself in these days being drawn more and more daily to 1 Corinthians
4:2. “ Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful .
Being faithful. It is our calling and as well our purpose to be faithful. Being faithful
to that which we know is the truth. The first truth being that the proof is in the
pudding. What we say is one thing; what we do is what really counts.
That which we do is being observed on a daily basis. And let’s be honest. It isn’t just
being observed; it is under a microscope. For if our actions aren’t a confirmation of
what we say we believe then we are in truth living a double life. As is the case with so
many things in our world, we will then be accused of being fake and being a fraud.
Nothing could indeed be a more serious accusation than being found to be nothing
more than Christians in talk only.
The proof is in the pudding. As we grow in our Christian walk we should be able to
not just talk the talk but walk the talk as well. Being children of the King brings
with it a great responsibility. The Lord’s prayer speaks of giving us our daily bread.
That daily bread being the word of God himself. His word that we seek each day is
then to be shown via our interactions not just with one another but with all that we
come in contact with. We are commissioned as such to show the light of Christ in us.
Thus our lives are called to be living testimonies. Ours is a world that relies heavily
on what is seen. Therefore if we are showing what we are as well as whose we are then
we are allowing the light of Christ to shine through all that we do. As it has been
stated, let our light so shine that others will see Christ in us. As he is lifted up he will
draw all men to him.
The proof is in the pudding. Or to make it plain, say what you do but then do what
you say. Not just to be hearers of the word but to be doers of the word.
God himself is calling us to be living testimonies. He is calling us as the body of Christ
to be the exception rather than the rule. If we are who we say we are, then the proof in
the pudding is there for all to see.
The proof in the pudding is on display as confirmation that we are what the world needs to see, and we are doing what thus says the Lord. Yes the harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, but those who do labor for the Lord do so knowing that we are remaining steadfast in our beliefs and we continue to be faithful in showing that our lives indeed are a reflection of what God is calling us to be.
To God Be The Glory
Alan T. Black